Intent on Inspiring Others

Mack Jacobs with his children at the CHKD Health and Surgery Center at Princess Anne. From left, Caleb, Mackala, Devon and Gabriel
Mack Jacobs with his children at the CHKD Health and Surgery Center at Princess Anne. From left, Caleb, Mackala, Devon and Gabriel

Mack Jacobs specializes in inspiring others to give back to the community. His heart-felt efforts over several years have been in supporting Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters while encouraging others to do the same.

As membership marketing team leader at Sam’s Club in Chesapeake, Mack interacts with the more than 140,000 members of Sam’s Club, often planning activities that enhance membership in the club while benefiting the community – activities like car shows, talent competitions, special promotions and especially the Fourth of July celebration at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach, where his colleagues from Sam’s Clubs help him stage a fund-raiser for CHKD.

Mack works with representatives from Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs throughout Hampton Roads to combine their efforts for CHKD. His enthusiasm for special events makes him a natural to be a part of their special committee to plan annual events for CHKD.

Sam’s Club manager Jeff Seeley says Mack has unique energy and drive that amaze his colleagues and strangers alike. “It’s so easy to follow his lead because he inspires everyone to pitch in and help when he stages a fund-raiser,” Seeley said. “It comes from his heart.”

“We like to give employees and customers the opportunity to help Children’s Hospital and have fun at the same time,” Mack said. Brenda Kuntz, CHKD’s director of corporate relations, says dedicated Sam’s Club and Walmart employees over the years have raised more than $4.6 million for CHKD. “Working with them is very rewarding. And Mack’s enthusiasm is especially infectious!” she said.

A single father, Mack is an exceptional role model to his four children: Devon, 12; Mackala, 10; Gabriel, 9; and Caleb, 6. “I want to show them how important it is to give back to your community,” he said. So the Jacobs children are familiar participants at CHKD activities. “They love being a part of helping sick children, and they learn how very blessed they are,” he said. His son Devon was a patient at CHKD at age 3, so Mack has a good idea of the importance of pediatric specialty care in the region. “I learned then what it means to have CHKD so close,” he said.

That’s why his personal philosophy of giving back to his community doesn’t stop at what he alone can do. “I like to help others understand that it’s important to help children, even when it doesn’t hit home. You never know when someone you love will need what only CHKD can give.”

This story was featured in the first quarter 2010 issue of KidStuff, a publication of Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters.